Another Source’s client, San Mateo County Community College District, is recruiting an Executive Director of the Foundation to join their team in San Mateo, CA.


About San Mateo Community College District Foundation:

The San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit auxiliary organization with the sole purpose to provide philanthropic support to the District, including helping students take full advantage of the programs and services at the three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College (collectively, “the Colleges”). The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual ready to collaborate with SMCCCD staff, faculty and administrators, to develop an aggressive and comprehensive fundraising strategy to benefit the students and programs of the District.


Learn more: https://foundation.smccd.edu/


Full salary range: $196,236 – $249,948

Anticipated hiring salary range: $196,236 – 216,204.
About the role:

The Executive Director of the Foundation is a Classified Administrator position reporting to the Chancellor. Serving as the Chief Development Officer, the incumbent develops vision for and oversees implement of the District’s institutional advancement strategies with the Chancellor, Presidents and volunteer members of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation.

The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual ready to collaborate with SMCCCD staff, faculty and administrators, to develop an aggressive and comprehensive fundraising strategy to benefit the students and programs of the District.

The Executive Director of the Foundation is responsible for the planning, development, quality, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all Foundation programs and activities including but not limited to general fundraising, major capital campaigns, planned giving programs, establishing and maintaining relationships with major donors and business and industry leaders for purposes of supporting the colleges, and the hosting various events designed to raise funds or advance the image of the District and colleges in the community.





Reporting to the Chancellor, and at the direction of the Chancellor, works in partnership with the Chancellor, Chancellor’s Cabinet, executive management and board leadership to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic plan to expand philanthropic support and to advance the culture of philanthropy for the District.
Develops and directs a comprehensive fundraising program for the colleges, including the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors and a comprehensive strategy for corporate and foundation donors.
Provide leadership and work collaboratively with colleges to engage the Presidents, administrators, faculty and staff in prioritizing their fundraising needs and collaborating in creative fund development strategies.
Represent the Foundation in the community, including as a regular presence with community groups and at various public events.
Increase the visibility of the Foundation in the regional corporate, philanthropic, educational and governmental communities to support Foundation fundraising goals.
Develop and implement a variety of fundraising strategies for soliciting major gifts, planning giving, corporate and foundation donations, and annual fundraising efforts.
Ensure cohesion of Foundation publicity with the colleges’ marketing and communications departments.
Ensure cohesion of fundraising across the District and three campuses and develop a strategy for coordination of all fundraising for programs at the campuses.
Oversees preparation of the Foundation’s Annual Report and all Foundation correspondence.
Support, implement, and promote compliance with the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and community relations; encourage cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, programs and services.
Fiscal Management

Provides fiscal management of the Foundation’s assets and disbursements and works to develop strategic funding programs, to include the development of unrestricted programs.
Ensures major fundraising events are fiscally sound, produce planned revenue after expenses, are profitable, and benchmarked with industry return on investment ratios.
Administers the Foundation’s annual budget and works with each College’s administration to coordinate the distribution of scholarship funds and other grants.
Budgets for fund development activities and maintains financial records for grant and donor tracking.
Oversees the preparation and filing of IRS 990 and meeting all IRS non-profit reporting requirements and annual audit activities.
Ensures that gifts are administered to honor donor intent and adhere to investment policies, scholarship criteria, and Foundation policies.
Plans and coordinates bi-monthly Board and committee meetings; coordinates Board of Director’s Investment Advisory Committee activities and serves as liaison to the Foundation’s financial advisors.

Donor Cultivation
In consultation with the Chancellor and the campus Presidents, oversees all alumni initiatives including database development, quarterly e-newsletter publication, and Alumni Council recruitment.
Provides direction to create and design marketing materials and social media campaigns that will generate awareness of the Foundation, attract donors, and increase awareness of giving opportunities.
Attends events at the Colleges as necessary to further the Foundation’s fundraising, collaboration, and visibility goals.
Manage the Foundation’s communication with potential donors regarding the District’s history, achievements, goals and needs.
Encourages individuals, corporations, and foundations to establish or contribute to special funds through endowments, trusts, and donations or bequests.
Management of Foundation Staff

Hires, supervises, directs, and regularly evaluates the performance of the Foundation’s staff in accordance with District policy; serves as a mentor to further develop Foundation staffs’ career goals, and holds staff accountable.
Develop, implement and administer policies and procedures for the operation of the Foundation Office consistent with District policy.
Oversees Foundation staff in planning and coordinating all Foundation events including, major fundraising events such as the annual Golf Tournament and Chancellor’s Circle donor recognition reception, cultivation events and other donor centered activities.

Required qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or the equivalent experience. A Master’s degree in a relevant field; a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFE) credential. (Preferred).
Five years of increasing responsibility in fundraising, capital development and/or campaigns with major gifts solicitation from individuals, corporations or foundations, including management and supervisory experience.
Experience in working with community, corporate, government, and educational leaders.

Knowledge of:

Best practices for executive leadership of a nonprofit organization.
Strategic planning, resource allocation, staffing and supervision.
Procedures to be used when planning, directing, and coordinating Foundation activities.
Awareness of relevant federal, state and local statutes governing the California Community Colleges and Foundation activities and nonprofit status.
Awareness of District policies and procedures and ensures staff compliance.
Volunteer recruitment and management techniques and strategies.
Budget development and administrative procedures.
Principles and practices of higher education organization and structures.
Principles of accessing and assessing a local community and its fundraising potential.
Principles of management and supervision.

Skills and Abilities:

Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff.
Direct the development of a community college foundation by working with the colleges, Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Foundation Board in establishing fundraising goals and plans.
Recruit, support and create a highly engaged volunteer Board of Directors.
Develop short-term and long-term organizational goals with a Board and executive staff.
Manage multiple projects and solicitations simultaneously with highly developed organizational management and attention to detail.
Gather and present general, statistical and technical data.
Effectively present and promote the Foundation internally and externally.
Function independently and effectively in a complex organization.
Ability to make the “ask” of donors and corporate leaders.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with donors, corporate representatives, District officials, faculty, staff, students and the public.
Motivate and engage others to work constructively and cooperatively to achieve and sustain a student-centered environment; coordinate the work of others.
Work a flexible schedule and travel to accommodate the needs of the District, business and industry leaders and related community partners.
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About SMCCCD San Mateo County Community College District

The San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) seeks an on-site Foundation Executive Director/Chief Development Officer in San Mateo, CA. This role will shape the future of three vital colleges and empower countless students. Embrace the challenge of shaping and implementing institutional advancement strategies, establishing, and maintaining relationships with major donors, and hosting impactful events to enhance the SMCCD presence within the community. The incumbent’s vision and expertise will amplify educational opportunities, fuel student success, and make a tangible difference in lives.


Seize the chance to be part of this dedicated team driving equity and philanthropy for student success—submit your resume today!